Henrik Zetterberg is having himself a night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The skilled Swedish left winger had racked up a trio of assists for the Detroit Red Wings through two periods, as his team jumped out to a 3-0 lead against the Maple Leafs heading into the intermission.
Perhaps none of those set-ups was sweeter than the nifty little backhand pass he made to Johan Franzen, who buried his shot by James Reimer. Not necessarily the best defending from the Maple Leafs on the play.
Oh yeah, and Gustav Nyquist scored for Detroit, as well. That gives him four goals in four games to begin the season. Pretty nice start for the 25-year-old forward.
“He (Nyquist) has scored everywhere he’s been, but he has scored points, not goals,” Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said, as per the Toronto Star.
“He has a good shot and elite hockey sense, and obviously he’s got confidence. There are a lot of players who come into the league and it takes a long time for them to get confidence. He arrived a little bit older and a little bit more established, and got his confidence quicker.”
After picking up where he left off last year in the goalscoring department, Gustav Nyquist is getting a promotion for Wednesday night’s rivalry game against Boston.
Nyquist, who has two goals in two games this season, will play alongside Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen on the Red Wings’ No. 1 line, according to the Detroit Free Press. Justin Abdelkader, who’d previously played the wing on that unit, will drop down to play with Darren Helm and Andrej Nestrasil.
The 25-year-old Swede led the Wings in goals last year, with 28, seven of which came courtesy Zetterberg assists. The new-look trio also connected in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Anaheim, with Nyquist scoring early in the third period on helpers from Zetterberg and Franzen.
“(Nyquist) is one of the players who can play on all four lines,” Zetterberg said, per the Macomb Daily. “He’s a smart player, got a lot of skill. The goal he scored against Anaheim, not a lot of players in the league can do that.”
From Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press:
Tootoo is signed through next season for a cap hit of $1.9 million. The 31-year-old winger only played 11 games for the Wings this season, registering a lone assist. Which is to say, it’s unlikely a team is going to be interested in acquiring his services.
Detroit has already used one of its two compliance buyouts on Carlo Colaiacovo. Now that Holland has come out and said Tootoo is likely to be the second, I guess we can put an end to the Johan Franzen compliance-buyout talk.
Or you can just take it from Holland himself:
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